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Greenbelt programme calls for criticism

20 September 2013


From Rebecca Pickering

Sir, - I read at great length and with increasing depression your article on Greenbelt (30 August), and I was, to be honest, incredulous.

First, about the content of their topics, which were clearly so wildly offbeat from any kind of mere Christianity as to be a new sect all of their own - Greenbeltianity, perhaps.

The more depressing thing, however, was that your, no doubt, gifted journalists, supposedly writing for the main Anglican newspaper in the country, did not manage to raise between them even a corporate eyebrow at the damaging and heretical content of most of this extraordinary line-up.

I have nothing against a free and balanced discussion of such topics, either by Greenbelt or by your newspaper; but your article and their line-up look as though healthy intellectual debate is out of fashion, and the only right thing to do is to challenge established certainties with a new vigorous and destructive energy, with no attempt whatsoever at any kind of balance.

How exactly is a non-existent God going to help? How is a faith in brokenness for brokenness's sake the answer? Your article raised no such concerns, and - correct me if I am wrong - but, the last time I heard, the Church was a Christian affair where things like amazing grace were dogmas of which we could be proud and which gave us a message to share.

If Greenbelt's is the new Anglican message, I am not surprised that the churches are emptying.

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